John Wick: Chapter 4 is nearly upon us. It hits theaters on March 24th and that means early screenings are happening for critics, and the noises leaking out are highly positive. Usually, these early reactions have to be treated with caution as they frequently include various bloggers and online commentators who get caught up in the excitement of being brought “inside” and forget their critical lens.
With John Wick: Chapter 4, these voices include professional critics in the established media, and online pros with mileage on the clock, all of whom know how the game is played. So it feels like it is worth taking notice of.
Full reviews are under embargo, but reactions are not restricted, and these reactions are full of praise.
“I had reservations about John Wick: Chapter 4’s nearly three hour runtime, but the movie earns it. It’s an epic with smart pacing that never lets the action feel exhausting, and the set pieces are phenomenal. Great cast of series newcomers, but Donnie Yen is the MVP.”
Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend
“I really liked John Wick 4! Amazing to remember that big franchise blockbusters can look like this (good). Dan Lausten, you have my heart, my sword, my whatever. Didn’t feel too long, you can ignore the lore (who cares!!). There is one thing that I hated (because it’s dumb).”
Katie Walsh, The L.A. Times
“John Wick 4 is, at least from a technical pov, one of the greatest Hollywood action movies ever made. It’s visually gorgeous w/ stunningly complicated & creative setpieces. I honestly don’t know how they safely did some of these scenes. It’s a towering artistic achievement.”
Scott Mendelson, Forbes
“Brawny, bold & badass, John Wick 4 brilliantly balances vested stakes with an absolutely spectacular, high-octane thrill ride. A soaring, searing, scorching chapter in the saga. The wildest time you’ll have at the movies this year. A pure adrenaline rush.”
Courtney Howard, Variety
“John Wick 4 is the best movie I’ve seen in ages! It’s like a Greek epic that’s, yes, full of unparalleled action (and guns), and the set pieces are phenomenal. But it’s also about relationships and love. What a breathtaking, heartrending story! I can’t wait to see it again.”
Vanessa Armstong, Slashfilm
“John Wick 4 is action cinema at its finest. This breathtaking, bloody and ballistic ballet delivers a bone-crunching crescendo to one of the greatest action franchises of all time. Pure power, #JohnWick4 is as exhilarating as it is exhausting. Reeves’ Wick transcends icon status.”
Simon Thompson, Indiewire
Returnees Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, and Lance Reddick are joined by Bill Skarsgard, Clancy Brown, Shamier Anderson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Donnie Yen, and Scott Adkins as John Wick goes to war with the High Table.
They really, really shouldn’t have killed that dog.
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